Our History

Exquisite, bespoke, crafted – welcome to the world of David McCarty Goldsmiths, London. With more than 40 years’ experience and artisan heritage, David McCarty continues the legacy of manufacturing world renowned pieces of objet d’art, regalia and jewellery each designed to inspire, excite and delight their discerning clientele.

Skilled craftsmen combine traditional handed down skills with the best manufacturing technology to create the most fabulous treasures created with passion, precision and pride. David McCarty offers a truly discrete, personal service.

Their client base focuses on long standing worldwide relationships, particularly in the Middle and Far East.

David Mccarty - a life in goldsmithing

David McCarty
Founder & Chairman

David started his career in the industry in 1959 at Wright & Davis, Cartier’s goldsmithing workshop where his father worked. The company was a specialist smallworker’s atelier using thin gauges of gold and platinum to create objet d’art, large jewellery, items with moving parts and hidden features.  David became a very fine craftsmen and won many top prizes in the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Competition during his apprenticeship and beyond. 

In 1973 David went into business with Peter McCabe, an award-winning engraver and lifelong friend. In McCabe McCarty’s first workshop they created many stunning pieces which caught the eye the Bond Street retailers, such as Asprey, this led to many years of making commissioned pieces for these established outlets.  David and Peter pushed the boundaries of goldsmithing and were constantly innovative. Before the era of computers and mobile phones they were a cutting-edge company introducing the latest technology to their pieces. Their extensive portfolio included 18ct gold spy sets, a model of a chinook helicopter, operated by remote control with sound effects, a revolving stage with flashing lights and highly crafted instruments. 

In 1980 David won the Jacques Cartier Memorial Award for his Serpent Clock. This took 2,200-man hours to make, incorporated 600 diamonds, coloured golds and enamel. They went on to win four further Cartier Awards. 

David suffered a huge blow in 1991 with the sudden loss of Peter, his best friend and confidant, who is greatly missed. David carried on the business taking it from strength to strength and in 1994 became a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, a great honour.  In the same year David was delighted to be joined by daughter Clare and son Paul, the start of their family business. 

In 2004 David, Paul and Clare set up David McCarty Ltd, in a purpose-built facility on the outskirts of London. The family business has continued their successful relationships with Heads of State and dignitaries worldwide, creating 1,000s of hand-crafted pieces. 

David was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 for his contribution to the industry, his success as a businessman, teacher and mentor. Despite the day to day running of the business being managed by Paul and Clare, David is still a very active member of the team and continues to enjoy his time on the bench creating beautiful bespoke pieces, his lifetime passion.



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British Master Goldsmiths, of bespoke luxury items for the discerning customer. Designing and creating the finest quality Jewellery, Objet d’Art and decorative pieces for the home.

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